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THE GREAT PROFUNDO and Other Stories
Cape /Blackstaff Press/Vintage(1987)
On the fringes of society, the characters of Bernard MacLaverty's stories are forced to seek consolation as best as they can. Ranging from the deserted windswept coast of a troubled Ireland to the sun-drenched landscapes of Portugal, Bernard MacLaverty portrays the insecurity and flickering hope of the afflicted and estranged with deep compassion and gentle irony.
"Full of poignancy and grit...eleven pieces which mark an advance in the work of one of our finest writers, a unique sensibility who is, surely now, our shrewdest and most sensitive explorer of the inwardness of lives."
Tom Adair in The Scotsman (21.11.87)
"We're in the hands of a master here... peerless short fiction... MacLaverty writes the way most people breathe - easily, deeply, like it was the most life-affirming activity in the world."
The Good Book Guide (August 1988)
Words the Happy Say
The Drapery Man
More than just the Disease
In the Hills above Lugano
End of Season
The Great Profundo
Death of a Parish Priest
Across the Street